The production of artificial organs is a hot research topic.In the near future, artificial organs will compensate for the lack of organ donations and replace animal experiments.A European consortium coordinated by Dr Elena Martinez (IBEC, Barcelona, Spain) and involving the Goethe University Frankfurt is now breaking new ground.On the one hand, the printing process takes far too long, so that the survival chances of the cells in the bio-ink and in the polymerised layers considerably decrease.Furthermore, the extrusion pressure leads to a considerable cell death rate, especially for stem cells.In addition, the resolution of the method, around 300 micrometers, is far too low to reproduce the delicate structures of natural tissue.
Wikipedia is taking Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights as it seeks to overturn a blanket ban on its website in the country.The Wikimedia Foundation, the charity behind the online encyclopaedia, said it has filed an application with the Strasbourg court in a bid to lift the block, which was established more than two years ago.Read more: Turkish lira falls to eight-month lowWikipedia said the ban violates fundamental freedoms, including the right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under the European Convention.The application, which was announced today during a press call, comes after Wikipedia’s “continued and exhaustive” attempts to overturn the ban in Turkish courts failed to bear fruit.“Wikipedia is a global resource that everyone can be actively part of shaping,” said Katherine Maher, Wikimedia executive director.
This morning the first Star Trek: Picard trailer was revealed, in full CBS glory.This isn’t going to blow your mind full of details, but it will stoke your interest in the series if you’re any sort of fan of Star Trek, whatsoever.In the mix is a little back story on where we are in the timeline – 15 years after Picard left Starfleet.In the Star Trek universe, presumably the same one we’ve watched BEFORE the newest movies with the alternate-reality cast by JJ Abrams, we’ve got this.This is a television show called Star Trek: Picard.Here we see where once-captain Picard is and will be.
Huawei says it is working on its own mobile and laptop operating system in the event it can't continue using Google's Android for its phones, or Microsoft's Windows for its laptops.It's fighting talk, but Huawei's alternative operating system will almost certainly fail.Apple and Google's dominance is illustrated by stats showing how the mobile OS ecosystem was once much broader, but shrank in just a few years.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Chinese tech giant Huawei has bullishly said it will have its own mobile and computing operating system ready by 2020 in the event it is prevented from using Google's Android or Microsoft's Windows after being blacklisted in the US.Theoretically, this means that all Huawei phones released after 2019 would run on its proprietary software, just as iPhones and iPads run on Apple's iOS, almost every other phone runs on Google's Android, and most laptops run on Windows or MacOS.
Just a bit shy of a year ago, Patrick Stewart blew the minds of Star Trek fans everywhere by taking the stage at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention to announce he was returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard.His return would come in the form of a series made for CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access.He hinted that Jean-Luc may no longer be the captain we know from years ago — but beyond that, details were light.The first teaser trailer for the series just dropped… and sure enough, it sounds like he’s not a part of Starfleet at all anymore.25 years ago today, ‘All Good Things’ brought us to an end.The end is only the beginning.
If you let Amazon do a digital 3D-scan of your body, you might get a $25 gift card… to Amazon.An online form, spotted earlier Wednesday by Mashable, lets interested participants sign up for a body scanning study conducted by Amazon Body Labs.The image study aims to learn about "diversity among body shapes," according to the form, and is operating at two different locations in New York, Mashable reported.Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Participants have to schedule an appointment before June 30, and apparently can only do it once.Data collected during the 30-minute session is meant for internal product research and not marketing, according to the sign-up form.
For years we’ve depended on frontline services and response units to identify, resolve and prevent wrongdoing.This encapsulates everything from police forces tackling illegal drug use, social services rescuing vulnerable children from their abusers, to fraud teams exposing corruption.This boils down to being able to make the best-possible decisions with the insight available.Far from trying to replace them, analytics augments the abilities of investigators and frontline practitioners, helping them to make faster, better decisions for the public.It gives them valuable insights from lots of information, so they can make the best possible decisions while drawing on their own expertise as well.We’re all bombarded daily with massive amounts of information.
In an era where phones like the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Fold cost $1,000 to $2,000, it's easy to feel that great phones are getting more expensive and out of your budget.While some budget phones came out this year, many handsets in this roundup launched the previous year.That doesn't mean they're obsolete -- most of them still have high-end processors and cameras that you can get for way less than when they first launched.Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors, based on hands-on testing.We've linked to the unlocked version of each phone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers (unless specified otherwise).Motorola Moto G7 Play ($199)
But what is the significance of lower clock speeds?Benchmarks of engineering samples of AMD's second-generation Zen-based server processor silicon, codenamed Rome, have once again found their way online.Back in March, we saw stats detailing the performance of the chip designer's upcoming 64-core, 128-thread flagship second-gen Epyc part.The info was revealed to the world by an anonymous user of SiSoftware's Sandra – a popular UK-made PC analysis and diagnostics tool that's been going strong since 1997 and includes the option to share benchmark results publicly online.The entry was subsequently deleted – but not before everyone managed to take a screenshot.Now, Sandra has outed the chip's 32-core, 64-thread sibling, spotted by Tom's Hardware on Saturday and identified as ZS1711E3VIVG5_24/17_N.
In a bid to save £1.5 billion, Tesco has been cutting jobs and has plans to close down meat, fish, and deli counters in 90 of its supermarkets across the UK with Quedgeley and Cirencester being amongst the first to go, reports GloucestershireLive.The two Gloucestershire stores are the first to be affected, with Quedgeley retaining only its deli counter that will now be operating at reduced hours, opening Wednesday to Saturday, and closing Sunday to Tuesday."Our counter changes have now taken place in store and we have communicated these changes to our customers," said a spokerperson for Tesco."We have supported colleagues that have been impacted by these changes including, where possible, offering alternative roles in our business."Cornwall is next on the chopping block, with closures expected for St Ives or Penzance, and cuts elsewhere that will see meat and fish counters closing altogether while the deli counters will keep going at some stores (via CornwallLive)."Overall, we estimate that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, our expectation is that up to half of these colleagues could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles," said Tesco in a statement earlier this year.
It’s rare to find a fantastic-sounding pair of noise-canceling headphones that blend in with formal attire, but Sennheiser hit the nail on the head with the PXC 550.It’s a known fact that a great blend of form and function doesn’t come cheap, though, so don’t pass on this chance to pick the wireless cans up for $234 — that’s $150 cheaper than usual.Aimed at businessmen, the PXC 550 have a tri-microphone setup that delivers vocal clarity that’s on par with some of Sennheiser’s standalone microphones, softening background noise so the person on the other end of the line hears every last syllable.You know, so if you ask your assistant for a Sprite, you won’t get a kite instead.The cans themselves deliver “top-notch sound and whisper-soft noise canceling,” according to our A/V and Entertainment Editor Ryan Waniata, serving up piping hot dishes of rich yet balanced bass, detailed mids with a measured drop of warmth, and a clean and clear upper register, each and every time you throw them over your ears.They also offer the best noise cancellation of any Sennheiser model to hit the market to date, including the Momentum 2.0, which is also on sale.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced that Chelsea Finn receives the 2018 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, "Learning to Learn with Gradients."In her thesis, Finn introduced algorithms for meta-learning that enable deep networks to solve new tasks from small datasets, and demonstrated how her algorithms can be applied in areas including computer vision, reinforcement learning and robotics.Meta-learning algorithms "learn to learn" by using past data to learn how to adapt quickly to new tasks.However, much of the initial work in meta-learning focused on designing increasingly complex neural network architectures.In her dissertation, Finn introduced a class of methods called model-agnostic meta-learning (MAML) methods, which don't require computer scientists to manually design complex architectures.Finn's MAML methods have had tremendous impact on the field and have been widely adopted in reinforcement learning, computer vision and other fields of machine learning.
Conversations at Digital Transformation World 2019 indicate operators may finally be getting the memo about monetizing 5G.The long and short of it is that revenue per bit of data is going down the toilet and we’re rapidly approaching the point when connectivity alone becomes a loss-making exercise.For years is has been repeated to the point of cliché that operators need to adapt the way they do business, become more ‘agile’, fail fast, act more like a Silicon Valley startup, etc.Everyone always agrees, but then we end up having the same chat year after year.Blame for this can be apportioned to two main issues: technological and cultural.Essentially is offers a platform that cuts out all the middle-men and layers of technology involved in enabling operators to sell digital products and services.
It’s lucky number seven as the TechCrunch posse returns yet again to Berlin, Europe’s vibrant international hub, to host Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December.We just can’t get enough of this city’s startup spirit and, apparently, neither can you.Our Disrupt Berlin events have attracted participants from more than 50 countries, including European Union members, Israel, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, India, China and South Korea, to name a few.Consider this a clarion call to save the date, but it’s so much more than that.We believe in rewarding action with savings, and this year we have a sweet deal available well before the official registration opens in late May.Imagine experiencing all that Disrupt Berlin has to offer knowing that you got in at the lowest possible price.
The year after that, the future was augmented reality — and also a project to let you hear with your skin.Nearly every speaker at today’s F8 keynote, starting with Mark Zuckerberg, repeated a version of the phrase “the future is private.” Since Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s pivot toward private messaging last month, I’ve argued that the move represents a fundamental transformation of the company.If the company wants to remain dominant, it has to refocus.Last week, before he turned his attention to narrowly company-focused issues, Zuckerberg sat down with historian Yuval Noah Harari to talk about the effect of social networks on society at large.These are heady subjects, and any discussion about them would not fit neatly into the cheerful choreography of a developer conference keynote.The company has brand-new marching orders that, according to the CEO, will require Facebook to reorganize itself.
Last August, the Associated Press reported that various Google apps store the timestamped locations of the devices on which they’re installed.Some of this collection occurs regardless of which privacy settings are enabled — Google Location Services, Find My Device, Search, and Maps continuously record telemetry data.But other entries can be viewed and manually deleted on Android, iOS, and the web, and Google says it’s committed to streamlining the auditing process with new tools.In the coming weeks, Google says it’ll roll out a setting that will enable users to delete location data automatically.From within the Google Account dashboard on mobile and the web, a drop-down option will allow them to select one of two windows — three months or 18 months — specifying how long they’d like to retain data.“Data can make Google products more useful for you … [but] we’ve heard your feedback that we need to provide simpler ways for you to manage or delete it,” Google product managers Marlo McGriff and David Monsees wrote in a blog post.
Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the longest-running video game franchises around, but despite that longevity, the series has taken it’s share of missteps through the years.Is the upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie going to be one of those missteps?It’s too early to make that call, but the first trailer for the flick has landed and the reactions to it are probably going to be mixed.If you’re one of the folks who had a negative reaction to Sega’s leaked marketing materials for the movie, prepare to have the same reaction to this trailer.Sonic looks more or less the same as he did in those leaks, and that design has been at the center of a lot of debate.Some hate it, fewer seem to love it, and many more just seem to be confused.
The horrifying bloodshed and deaths in the latest episode of Game of Thrones clearly struck a nerve with fans.The Battle of Winterfell earned the honor of being the most-tweeted episode in TV history, according to reports on Monday.The episode called "The Long Night" included a dramatic 67-minute battle scene in which beloved Westeros heroes battled the White Walkers, with very bloody results.The battle resonated with Game of Thrones fans so strongly they posted 7.8 million tweets about the episode.Twitter confirmed on Monday that the Game of Thrones episode was "the most tweeted about episode of scripted television ever with nearly 8 million tweets."Another Game of Thrones episode takes the second-place spot for most tweets.
A traditional battery consists of four parts.The concept can help save weight in the battery, as well as offer faster charging and better power capabilities.Now, with the development of the graphene aerogel, the concept has proved viable, offering some very promising results.Taking a standard coin cell battery case, the researchers first insert a thin layer of the porous graphene aerogel.It is not lost through dissolution - because it is already dissolved into the catholyte solution," says Carmen Cavallo.Lithium sulphur batteries offer several advantages, including much higher energy density.
New study of University of Jyvaskyla and Aalto University shows that nanostructures constructed of DNA molecules can be programmed to function as pH-responsive cargo carriers, paving the way towards functional drug-delivery vehicles.Researchers from University of Jyväskylä and Aalto University in Finland have developed a customized DNA nanostructure that can perform a predefined task in human body-like conditions.The nanocapsule can be loaded--or packed--with a variety of cargo, closed for delivery and opened again through a subtle pH increase.Such dynamic DNA nanodesigns are often controlled by the simple hydrogen-bonding of two complementary DNA sequences.We call these pH-responsive strands "pH latches", because when the strands interact, they function similarly to their macroscopic counterparts and lock the capsule in a closed state.The opening of the capsule is actually very rapid and requires only a slight pH increase in the solution", explains first author of the study, doctoral student Heini Ijäs from Nanoscience Center at University of Jyvaskyla.